residents to preserve marine turtles
By FLOR JACKSON, PIA Biliran
February 10, 2011
NAVAL, Biliran –
Residents of Biliran province are urged to preserve marine turtles
that thrive in the seas of the island province because this particular
marine life is going extinct.
The call was made by
the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biliran
Provincial Office through Cristy Santos, Chief of the Protected Area
Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Services during the Kapihan sa PIA on
Thursday live at Radyo Natin-Naval.
Santos said, the
residents of the province especially those living along the coastal
areas must work together and report to proper authorities once they
know of anybody catching marine turtles for food.
She informed that
there are only eight kinds of turtles in the world and only seven of
these kinds are left. Of the seven types left, five are found in the
and three of these types are critically endangered.
She added that anybody
caught butchering marine turtles and other marine mammals will be
dealt with according to the law.
She bared that two
islands of the municipality of Almeria in Biliran province namely
Dalutan and Capiñahan were sighted to be nesting places of marine
turtles. In fact, she said, a group is currently conducting
monitoring activities of these two islands if this particular marine
life is really nesting in these islands.
“As marine turtles and
other marine mammals are found in Biliran seas, this is an indicator
that our seas are clean and pristine,” she said.
presence of marine turtles in our seas indicates that Biliran seas are
abundant with fish”, she added.
“The preservation of
the marine turtles in our seas is everybody’s concern in the province
because this marine treasures in our seas, are diminishing in number”,
she said further.
“Let’s help one
another to maintain a balanced marine environment”, she said.
PNP to LGUs: Donate
lots and get a brand new PNP building
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE,
PIA Eastern Samar
February 10, 2011
BORONGAN, Eastern Samar
– The Philippine National Police (PNP) Eastern Samar
Provincial Director PSSupt Manuel E. Cubillo urged the local
government units of Eastern Samar to look for donors of lots for the
construction of a PNP building.
In an interview on Thursday,
Cubillo urged the LGUs to look for donors of lots with unconditional
“The PNP is willing to spend
for the construction of a PNP Headquarters provided the donor of the
lots does not pose conditions,” Cubillo said.
The building could cost up
to P5 million like the newly constructed PNP building now proudly
erected inside the PNP camp at Borongan, Eastern Samar.
Cubillo confirmed that the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) constructed the
“The buildings in other
municipal stations may vary depending on the LGU,” the police director
said. He noticed that even in Borongan, the capital town, there is no
separate PNP building yet.
“We have negotiated with
Mayor Fe Abunda and we are awaiting for her feedback,” Cubillo added.
He is hopeful that in time,
the capital town can point to a site where to erect a PNP building.
Sometimes donors have
conditions like, for only ten or twenty years, the PNP would rather
have one without conditions, the PNP official offered.
Presently, some ten LGUs
have yet to have their own PNP building.
card holders in Maasin City
By R. G. CADAVOS,
PIA Southern Leyte
February 10, 2011
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte
– Out of more than 3,000 member-cardholders of the Philippine Health
Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) in Maasin City, 2,500 are qualified to
renew their Identification Cards, City Social Welfare Office staff
The decline was based on the Philhealth Member Registration Form (PMRF)
whether the income of the family was raised or the family members had
decreased, among other reasons. Though, they are also considering
families with more children for the renewal of Philhealth cards, the
For this year, 2011 the city government allocated the same amount as
for the past year with P1.5 million for the Philheath indigence
program, a reliable source from the City Budget Office told.
While the Office of District Congressman Roger G. Mercado appropriated
at least P1 million for the same purpose with 846 cardholders to be
renewed for this year, out of 4,000 last year, still depending on
their recipients’ status.
It was learned that the recipient card holders were identified by the
city social welfare office from all the barangays of Maasin City.
Processing of their documents is now on-going, it was noted, while
Philhealth has been closely coordinating with the City Social Welfare
Office for the processing of the same.
Philhealth identification card is renewed annually. Its main objective
is to provide all Filipinos with mechanism to gain financial access to
quality health care services within 15 years of its implementation.
US based Filipino
nurses to conduct surgical, medical and dental missions in Southern
GORNE, PIA Southern Leyte
February 10, 2011
MAASIN CITY –
It will be almost a year ahead but preparations for the surgical,
medical and dental missions in Southern Leyte is underway.
About 60 medical volunteers
based in Washington D.C., USA have signified to actively participate
in the forthcoming missions on January 2012 this early, Mrs. Luz V.
Mercado, the better half of Congressman Roger G. Mercado disclosed in
an interview with PIA Wednesday.
Mercado reported that Ms.
Alice Andam, president of the Philippine Nurses Association
Metropolitan Washington D.C., Inc personally came to the province and
laid the groundworks such as the hotel accommodations, hospital
facilities that they will need during the week-long missions.
She further said that the
group targeted to reach out to some 4,000 patients during the missions
and provide free medicines, space at the hospital, as well where Ms.
Andam had already conferred with the provincial medical officer, Dr.
Joselito Trumata of the Salvacion Oppus Yniguez Memorial Provincial
Hospital (SOYMPH) and division heads.
Mrs. Mercado further said
that mission will facilitate for the treatments of cataract, abdominal
cases, thyroidectomy, hernioplasty, lumpectomy, hysterectomy, dental
cases, among other health problems.
The gigantic undertaking
shall be sponsored by Congressman Roger G. Mercado and the Limasawa
Development Foundation (LIDEF) based in Maasin City, she added.
Last year, both Cong.
Mercado and the LIDEF sponsored a surgical and medical mission in the
city where thousands of the constituents gladly availed of the much
needed medical treatments which become a possible dream for them thru
the kind-hearted medical doctors and nurses, who volunteered to such a
noble cause all the way from Manila.
visits the municipality of Naval
By FLOR JACKSON,
February 9, 2011
NAVAL, Biliran – Dr. Maria
Soledad, Bloomberg Project-National Team Leader in the Philippines and
the Chief Health Program Officer and Health Policy Development and
Planning Bureau of the Department of Health (DOH) in Manila, visited
the municipality of Naval on Monday, February 7, to attend the
launching of Municipal Ordinance No. 03-2011 otherwise known as the
Smoke-Free Ordinance of the Municipality of Naval in the Province of
Dr. Antonio who was
accompanied by her staff together with Elvira Lanza, regional training
nurse of the DOH regional office in Candahug, Palo, Leyte was the
guest speaker during the launching ceremony of the smoke-free
In her speech, she informed
that she recognized the efforts of the local government unit (LGU) of
Naval through Mayor Susan Parilla, together with the Sangguniang Bayan
(SB) members and Vice-Mayor Villordon that a 100% smoke-free
environment will be achieved through the passage of the ordinance.
She added that the launching
of the smoke-free ordinance in the municipality of Naval is just the
beginning of a more strict campaign so that the area will be safe from
passive smoke and fresh air will be inhaled by the residents.
In an interview with
PIA-Biliran, Dr. Antonio said that Naval town has a good edge over
other contenders to the Orchid Award 2011.
The municipality of Pintuyan
and Maasin City all of Southern Leyte are among the contenders of the
Orchid Award 2011 in Region 8.
The launching of Municipal
Ordinance No. 03-2011 or the Smoke-Free Ordinance of the municipality
of Naval ended with a motorcade around the poblacion and the nearby
barangays with the mascot “Yosi, Kadiri” as an added attraction to the
residents who watched the motorcade pass by.
The mascot likewise sent a
message to smokers that smoking is a horrible activity as it was
related of how the “Yosi, Kadiri” mascot look like.
Ochoa says reforms in AFP
February 9, 2011
MALACAÑANG – Reforms in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are
underway to institutionalize the much-needed improvement and
transformation of the military, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa
Jr. on Wednesday said.
Ochoa said the reforms were in line with the Aquino Administration’s
determination to address the problems and issues raised in the Armed
“We know that we really need to make some improvements and reforms and
we’re doing that. I have talked to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin
and asked him to line up actual and detailed reforms that we’re trying
to institute now,” Ochoa said.
“My only appeal is for people not to drag everybody in the AFP or the
entire institution into any of these (controversies). This is the more
important thing,” he added.
The Executive Secretary explained that when Defense Secretary Voltaire
Gazmin took office in July 2010, steps to tighten budget spending,
process of procuring supplies and equipment, and internal controls
These efforts are intended to ensure that transactions are transparent
and that the AFP coffers will be safe from abuse and misuse, Ochoa
One of the key changes is the strict enforcement of the provisions of
the Commission on Audit (COA) Circular No. 97-2002: Reinstatement with
Amendments of the Rules and Regulations on the Granting, Utilization
and Liquidation of Cash Advances Provided under COA No. 90-331 to
address the “conversion” of the AFP funds.
In line with this, the administration has designated special
disbursement officers (SDOs) whose task is to attend to the financial
requirements of the Department National Defense (DND) agencies and AFP
units through the cash advance system.
The administration also has strengthened the internal control systems
in all agencies and units under the AFP and DND by conducting a
pre-audit on all procurement activities.
This process eliminates ghost deliveries of goods and services and
complements the post-audit operations to be performed by resident COA
auditors assigned to all procuring units of the AFP and DND.
At the same time, a memorandum of agreement forged by the DND Bids and
Awards Committee (BAC) with the Coalition Against Corruption expanded
the group’s representation to the committee proceedings.
Aside from representatives from the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference
for Human Development and the Makati Business Club, three members of
the Defense Press Corps will sit as observers in the BAC
DILG sets training
to improve governance of barangay officials in Eastern Visayas
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA,
February 9, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY –
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) here
scheduled a training that will help barangay officials in Eastern
Visayas improve their capability in governance.
In a report by Myles Joseph
E. Colasito, Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) V and at the
same time Regional Information Officer (RIO) of DILG 8, he said that
DILG is now ready for the second component of its training program for
barangay officials under the Barangay Newly Elected Officials (BNEO)
Component 2 or “Laying the Foundation”.
Colasito said that the
three-day BNEO Component 2 training that will be conducted on-site in
five to seven batches of barangays, reflected, Secretary Jesse M.
Robredo’s priority thrusts to improve their way of governance.
He said that the training
consists of four parts namely: 1) general orientation on barangay
governance and administration, 2) improving transparency and
participation, 3) enhancing performance through accountability and 4)
laying the grounds for development.
“Barangay officials are
expected to be able to define their roles and functions as provided
under the Local Government Code of 1991 and discuss the importance of
barangay planning and legislation after the training”, he said.
Colasito further said that
they will be able also to identify basic principles of community
mobilization and discuss the importance of mobilizing citizens’
participation in governance and come up with the Barangay Agenda for
Governance and Development (Barangay AGAD) which shall serve as their
launching pad for the preparation of their respective Barangay
Development Plans (BDP) by the middle of the year.
He informed that 48,290
elected and appointed officials from 4,390 barangays in Region 8 are
to be trained under the BNEO Component 2 training program.
Each barangay shall send 11
participants namely: Punong Barangay, seven (7) Kagawads, SK Chairman,
Brgy. Secretary and Brgy. Treasurer, Colasito added.
Southern Leyte honors
late Ruperto K. Kangleon, declares Feb 27 as Memorial Day
By R.G. CADAVOS, PIA Southern Leyte
February 9, 2011
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Upon representations of the Maasin City Federation of Senior
Citizens and the Maasin Veteran’s Post of the Veterans’ Federation of
the Philippines, Gov. Damian G. Mercado declared February 27, 2011 and
every year thereafter as Ruperto K. Kangleon Memorial Day.
Local Government Unit
Executive Proclamation No 1, series of 2011, signed by Hon. Mercado
stated that “the province in particular and the whole country in
general recognize the late Col. Ruperto K. Kangleon as a respected war
hero of national and international prominence who brought honor to
Southern Leyteños and the first Senator and Secretary of the National
Defense who came from Southern Leyte.”
February 27 will also
commemorate Col. Kangleon’s death as well as to honor World War II
guerillas and veterans throughout the province, it noted.
The declaration, based
on the approved Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No 807-2010, urged
all LGUs as well as the schools and other local government offices and
institutions within the province to celebrate the same occasion with
appropriate programs and activities.
It added that younger
generations of the province need to know and be reminded of the
exemplary achievements of the late statesman as an outstanding
military officer and World War II Guerilla Commander which deserve
emulation by the people.
preparations to commemorate his 53rd death anniversary on the 27th of
February at Macrohon Municipal Grounds were already arranged. A Holy
Mass will be celebrated, to be followed by a short program and the
unveiling of Col. Kangleon’s statue will follow thereafter by
municipal and provincial officials and Cong. Roger G. Mercado.
During the program,
highlights of the life of the late statesman will be discussed by
Willie O. Justimbaste, President of Senior Citizens Federation of
Maasin City and the Values from Ruperto K. Kangleon will be delivered
by Rafael S. Gerong, Jr. Maasin City’s Executive Assistant, while Gov.
Mercado will officially proclaim the Ruperto K. Kangleon Memorial Day.
No tree-cutting permit
issued in Southern Leyte – DENR
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY – The
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial
office here declared that no tree-cutting permit was issued in any
place all over Southern Leyte province.
Ricardo Tomol, the
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO), made the
statement when Philippine Information Agency (PIA) called for updates
today, in relation to the ban imposed by President Benigno Aquino III
on logging operations across the country.
Last week, President
Aquino signed Executive Order No. 23 imposing a moratorium on the
cutting of trees nationwide, in the light of the killer floods and
landslides that happened last month caused by successive days of
PENRO Tomol said the
President’s order for tree-cutting ban was directed at preserving
natural and residual forests, but his agency is still awaiting the
guidelines of EO 23 for specific details and instructions.
Still, in Southern
Leyte province, no permits were issued for these areas, in accordance
with an earlier law initiated by Cong. Roger Mercado which was similar
in nature to the President’s EO 23, said Tomol.
What was issued
permits are only for Community-based Forestry Management (CBFM)
programs, and these involved planted trees in titled, private lots.
Under the CBFM
arrangement, natural grown trees in private, titled lots are allowed
to be cut, but in EO 23 such arrangement is no longer allowed, Tomol
Another four (4)
high-powered firearms recovered by government troops in Eastern Samar
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
February 8, 2011
Catbalogan, Samar – More and more information on the current
activities, whereabouts and terroristic plans of the communist New
People’s Army were provided by the people of Eastern Visayas to the
troops of 8ID as a result of the latter’s intensified implementation
of the IPSP Bayanihan. Just this morning at around 7:21, the troops of
14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion after receiving an information from
the residents of McArthur, Eastern Samar that a group of more or less
twenty five (25) fully armed communist terrorist under certain
Jovencio Daiz, platoon leader of the Florencio Elairon Command of
Eastern Samar Provincial Party Committee (ESPPC) of the Eastern
Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) of the CPP/NPA/NDF were seen
marauding in the vicinity of Sitio Cagbunot, Barangay Macapagal of
Hermilo Demafiles, commander of 14IB has dispatched his troops led by
1LT Dariel Dagpin to act on the reported enemy presence. Upon reaching
the area, they encountered the said communist terrorists in a
firefight that lasted for about thirty (30) minutes and afterwhich the
NPAs scampered and withdrew towards different directions leaving
behind four (4) M16 armalite rifles that were recovered by the
operating troops in the encounter site. There was no reported casualty
on the government’s side while undetermined on the communist
At around 9:20 a.m.,
the pursuing troops again encountered the fleeing rebels just few
kilometers away from the first encounter site. As of press time, the
troops of 14IB are on continuous pursuit operations against the
fleeing communist terrorists.
General Mario Chan, commander of the 8th Infantry Division, lauded his
troops for accomplishing the mission and for a job well done. He also
directed them to press on the pursuit operation to neutralize the
fleeing enemy. “The continuing success of our operations in the area
of Eastern Samar has kept the communist terrorists on the run. We
should therefore continue with the initiative and pursue them so that
we could put an end to their terroristic activities against our
Gen. Chan has again
expressed his appreciation to the people who are behind in giving the
timely and accurate information to the troops. “I would like to
express my sincerest appreciation for the continued support of the
people by giving us the information that led to the success of our
operation. It only goes to show that the people are already with us in
our quest to attain the genuine peace in the area, the good general
Advocates are angered
by P-Noys’ withdrawal of support on RH
February 8, 2011
QUEZON CITY – A
group of leading reproductive health supporters is frustrated and
angered with P-Noy’s sudden withdrawal of his support on responsible
parenthood (RP) and reproductive health (RH).
According to Ramon San
Pascual, Executive Director of the Philippine Legislators Committee on
Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), P-Noy’s change of
mind came as a shock and at the same time angered reproductive health
advocates who had high hopes on him.
announcement of its priority bills which excluded RP/RH measure came
unexpected at a time when Filipino women, families, and parents had
high hopes for the President to carry out a national policy in support
of his pledge regarding responsible parenthood. We understand that P-Noy
is under so much pressure since the Catholic Bishop Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP) had intensified their campaign against the RH Bill
health, but we did not expect him to backtrack on his position on this
very important issue,” laments San Pascual.
His withdrawal of
support on the reproductive health/responsible parenthood bill is
essentially turning his back on his social contract with the Filipino
People, which he himself defined during his campaign for the
presidency, laments San Pascual. “What about the lives of women,
especially poor mothers who have long been suffering from the failure
of the government to respond to their reproductive health needs?” he
“We are dismayed that
P-Noy has chosen to accommodate the bishops over the interest of the
greater majority. Malacanang should not use the unfinished dialogue
with CBCP as lame excuse for not certifying the reproductive
health/responsible parenthood, which Malacanang admitted is in the top
of the president’s human development agenda. It would be unfair for
women to continue to become hostage of a dialogue and debate that has
been going on for the past ten years,” he stressed.
“This is the time that
President must act on behalf of poor women and families by standing
firm on his promise to pursue responsible parenthood. We urge him to
reconsider the inclusion of RP/RH bill as a priority bill that must be
submitted to LEDAC” he said further.
We call on upon the
president to heed the voice of the people who are truly affected by
the lack of reproductive health education and services and not give in
to dogmatic impositions of few bishops, ended San Pascual.
North Samar PNP
records lower crime index in 2010
By TERESITA B. CARDENAS, PIA Northern
Samar – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in
has recorded lower crime index in 2010. This was learned from Col.
Brigido Unay, the PNP provincial director of the province in an
interview conducted by the Philippine Information Agency.
Unay revealed that for
the period January 1 to December 31, 2010, the crime volume registered
a total of 215 incidents, 49% lesser than the 419 incidents reported
during same period in 2009. The average monthly crime rate recorded at
3.3 incidents per 100,000 populations indicating a decrease of 2.8
He further said that
during the period, the office solved a total of 36 crimes and cleared
31 out of the total crime incidents reported to the PNP, which showed
a crime solution efficiency rating of 17%. The decrease in the crime
solution efficiency was also due to the changes of parameters set
forth by the National Headquarters under Letter of Instruction (LOI)
02/2001 - Unit crime Periodic Report.
Index crimes which are
crimes against persons and properties, totaled to 104 reflecting 59%
share of the total crime volume. The average monthly index crime rate
was pegged at 1.5 incidents per 100,000 populations and that is 2.9
incidents less than the 4.4 rate obtained in the previous year, the
provincial director added.
On the non-index
crimes, 67 cases were recorded for the period indicating a decrease of
69 cases compared to last year figure of 147 incidents.
prevalent crimes committed during the period were murder, 42; physical
injury, 29; homicide, 4; rape, 7; robbery, 8; and theft, 1.
Moreover he said the
crime clock and crime and prone areas in index crime is equal to one
(1) index crime happens every 3 days and 12 hours. For non-index
crime, it is equal to 1 non-index crime happens every 3 days, 6 hours,
43 minutes and 12 seconds. The total crime volume is equal to 1
incident happens every 1 day, 16 hours, 33 minutes and 36 seconds, he